DIY aluminum t5 unit

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    Ok guys so I started on this light unit finally:p got some L shapes aluminum and cut to size. I'll Update when I make more progress:) heres some pictures for now:

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    Something like this:
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    The ballast is just a little too big but I thought of a better plan.

    Problem is I don't know what I'm going to do about the lid of the unit? ideas?
     
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    I Love DIY. :headbang:
     
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    use alanod as the lid as well as the reflector?
     
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    was my sugestion as well
     
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    Keeping my eye on this one
     
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    Just get an Aquasky and be done with it!! LOL!
     
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    yeh when you see the 602 you will wet your pants
     
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    Will you be riveting the aluminium together or having it welded?
     
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    As for a top , IMO white or black 10mm Perspex
     
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    Epoxy glue my friend:p

    I'm not sure how I'd mount it though if Perspex was used.. Also it'd b dam heavy. I may just buy another cheap grade alanod and bend it to shape:)
     
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    So I did a lot of work tonight.. Here's some pics

    Template:
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    Just making sure:
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    After some careful measurements, I still cut wrong:(

    Here's the right sheet cut to size and scored for easy bending:
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    Bent and ready:
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    Another view:
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    Effect I was going for:
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    Velcro'd the cap holders and ballasts into place:
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    Cap holders:
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    Semi finished unit:
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    Test:
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    It works!
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    There's still loads of work to be done..wiring, finishing touches and the lid..starting to hate DIY :(

    Anyways, hope u enjoy!!

    It's late I'm outa here
     
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    Thats to cool for school Richard!!

    Great DIY.......cant wait to see when this beast is up and running!!
     
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    :notworthy: :headbang:
    Well done, looking great and putting my little DIY hood to shame that I am busy with.
    Yeah I know the feeling feels like it's taking forever but don't give up when its done and working how you want and the way you want it feels awsome.
     
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    Looking good!

    Maybe you must join 2 x Ballasts together to run off 1 switch and then connect those 2 together so that you just have one power cord leaving the canopy, just use those small epoxy joints to make it water proof.

    Running all 4 cables will make it a mission.
     
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    good looking build there

    thanks for sharing
     
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    Hi Shihr

    Is that 1mm or 0.4mm Alanod and what did you score it with? Stanley knife or a scribe?

    Marc
     
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    way ahead of you buddy..

    got a jebo inline heater.

    with electrics, i was thinking of having 2 plugs come out the back each connected to 2 balasts.. but i never been a fan of siestas.. think i may just have one line coming out. also have those rubber thingy's to finish it off. i want to make this look as less a DIY as possible :p

    im not sure about the alanod.. just went to there to buy the most reflective one. but to be honest i doubt its 1mm..

    used a hobby knife to score it. it got blunt quick when i cut the main piece out so when i scored it, it actually scored it better :)

    tonight im going to do the wiring and some decorative pieces to finish the lid.
     
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    Awesome DIY man! Where did you get those ballasts? How much did this all cost?
     
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    got those 24w T5 Ballasts at Loolilocks. Dam cheap! R95 each! perfect for DIY. i dont know if they are HO but they are DAM bright!

    they got different wattages too.. 54w 39w and 24w.
     

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